This introduction to the politics of the European Union uses the lens of comparative politics to explore the history, theories, institutions, key participants, policies and policy making of the EU. The comparative approach enables students to use their knowledge of domestic politics and broader debates in political science to better understand the EU. Numerous real-world examples guide students through the material, and chapter briefings, fact files and controversy boxes highlight important information and controversial issues in EU politics to widen and deepen student understanding. The second edition has been updated throughout to reflect the results of the 2014 European elections, and new material has been added on the Economic and Monetary Union and the Common Foreign and Security Policy. A companion website features free 'Navigating the EU' exercises to guide students in their analysis of EU policy making.
About the Author
Herman Lelieveldt is Associate Professor of Political Science at Utrecht University, University College Roosevelt.
Sebastiaan Princen is Professor of Governance and Policymaking in the European Union at Utrecht University, Utrecht School of Governance.
Table of Contents
Part I. Setting the Scene: Origins, Analytical Perspectives and Institutions: 1. The historical development of the EU; 2. Analysing the EU; 3. The institutional framework; 4. Legislation and decision-making: putting the institutional puzzle together; Part II. Key Actors in EU Politics: Citizens, Interest Groups and Political Parties: 5. Public opinion and political participation; 6. Interest groups and interest representation; 7. Political parties and the European parliament; Part III. EU Policies: Agenda-Setting, Decision-Making and Implementation: 8. An overview of EU policy-making; 9. Agenda-setting; 10. Decision-making; 11. Implementing policies; Conclusions and Reflections: 12. Reflecting on the EU as a political system.